Sign Language Online: ASL 1 – Unit 6 Sample

In this unit sample as you learn sign language online, you will be learning about ASL questions.

Sentence Types: Questions

There are a few different sentence types in ASL. These sentence types are not the same as word order. Word order shows the order in which you can sign your words. Sentence types show how to use word order along with non-manual markers to form certain types of sentences.

Basically, you can use different types of word order with each of these sentence types. The difference between each type has to do with the non-manual markers associated with it. 


There are two types of questions used in ASL–yes/no questions and wh-word questions. The only way to decipher between these two questions in ASL is by the use of non-manual markers.

“Wh” Word Questions (whq)

Wh-word questions are questions that require more than a yes or no answer. These are normally questions that use the words who, what, when, where, why, or how.

Non-Manual Markers:

  • Lower your eyebrows
  • Lean your head forward
  • Make direct eye contact
  • Hold the last sign in your sentence
    (usually the wh-word)


  1. HE/SHE WHO?
    (“Who is he/she?”)
    (“Where are you learning sign?”)
  3. YOUR TEACHER WHO? (“Who is your teacher?”)

Yes/No Questions (y/n)

Yes/no questions are questions that only require a simple yes or no answer.

Non-Manual Markers:

  • Raise your eyebrows
  • Lean your head forward
  • Make direct eye contact
  • Hold the last sign in your sentence


  1. DEAF YOU? (“Are you Deaf?”)
  2. STUDENT HE/SHE? (“Is he/she a student?”)
  3. YOU MARRIED YOU? (“Are you married?”)

Question Examples

Watch the video clip below. Each type of question will be demonstrated for you.

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